Medical Information
Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008

In the event of an emergency, itís important for medical personnel to know about any medications that you are taking. Most people donít have this information, according to one study that Dr. Ed Hill describes in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

We should all be aware how important it is to know all the information about the medications we take. That includes the name of the medication, dosage and times a day taken.

Results of a study by the American College of Emergency Physicians, however, show that the majority of people admitted to hospitals after a trauma didnít have this information.

The researchers studied 234 trauma patients in a rural setting, the majority of whom were moderately injured. Medication lists given to staff by the patients were inaccurate 85 percent of the time. Ten patients were ordered wrong medications as a result, and one adverse drug event occurred.

While the sample size was small, the results were alarming. The report blamed poorly informed or forgetful patients, pharmacies that would not divulge patient information and patients with multiple doctors outside the hospital who did not know what the others were prescribing.

Always carry a complete list of all medications, including over-the-counter drugs, herbals and vitamins that you are taking as well as your pharmacistís contact information.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Ed Hill.